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Old 10-20-2009, 10:46 PM
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130/140gr vlds on deer

I was wondering what peoples experiences with a 130/140gr Berger or JLKs have been with deer. I'll be shooting them at .260 speeds. I know the heavier VLD's (7mm/30cal) work great on deer, but was wondering how 6.5mm bullets would perform? How do they do on shoulder shots?

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:09 PM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

Siso,
This year so far I have take a doe antelope and a medium sized Mule deer with the 140 Berger VLD. MV 2725 @ 420 and 600 yards respectively. Did a great job both times.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:15 PM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

I shot a pretty large bodied mule deer last year at 400yds with the 130gr VLD out of a 260AI, muzzle velocity was 3000fps. 1/4'ng away it entered just in front of the last rib and found it on the hide of the far shoulder. Deer was DRT. Bullet remained fairly entact except for the tip, looks like it clipped the rib and tumbled through the body cavity.
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:10 PM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

That's interesting! I was told that the bergers would open down to 1800 fps. You should have still had at least 2400 fps with that MV? Any other Recovered bullets out there? GOOD POST!......Rich
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:44 PM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

Ya, I wasn't disappointed in how the bullet performed. I think it just clipped the front edge of the rib with the ogive area of the bullet, so it just knocked it out of stability. A bullet tumbling still causes a lot of damage. The deer fell like it's bones were stolen. That 260AI has hardly any recoil and the deer seemed to vanish out of my field of few. It did not take one step and I found it down in the thigh high scrub I shot it in.

I have that bullet somewhere and will see if I can get a pic up.
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:38 AM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

Only shot one red deer with Berger and will stick to my Amax...

6,5x284 and 35 meters. Pinhole in and pinhole out. Difficult to say what damage the bullet would have done as it was a quartering shot and I ripped through the diaphrame and burst the liver.

Whilst it was staggering I gave it a second shot into the armpit and out through the neck - this shot opened up to "golfball size"

Suspect if I only had pricked him through the lungs I would've had a long-distance runner with a very small if any bloodtrail.

On the other hand, Amax has never failed on the 20'ish game I've shot with it.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:23 PM
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Re: 130/140gr vlds on deer

Sierra22,

What rate of twist were you using with the 6.5x284? That is the first time I've heard that a Berger failed.
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